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There are many types of dance, such as ballet, tango dance, tap, and jazz. Many dancers begin training when they are young and continue to learn throughout their careers. Ballet dancers begin training the earliest, usually between the ages of 5 and 8 for girls and a few years later for boys. Their training gets more serious as they enter their teens, and ballet dancers begin their careers by the time they are 18.
Leading dance companies occasionally have summer training programs from which they might select candidates for admission to their training programs.Modern dancers normally begin training while they're in high school. Dancers spend years learning dances and perfecting their skills. They perform as part of a group and know a variety of dance styles, including ballet, tap, and modern dance. Along with traditional performances in front of a live crowd, many play on TV, in videos on the Internet, and in music videos, in which they act or may sing.
Many colleges and universities offer bachelor's and/or master's degrees in dance, typically through departments of theater or fine arts. Most programs include coursework in a variety of dance styles, including modern dance, jazz, ballet, and hip-hop. Entrants into college dance programs have previous instruction. Some choreographers work as dance teachers. Teaching dance in a college, high school, or elementary school requires a college degree. Some dance studios and conservatories prefer instructors who have a degree; however, previous work may be accepted by them instead of a degree.
Some dancers take on more responsibility if they are promoted to dance captain in musical theatre companies. They direct rehearsals or work with dancers once the choreographer isn't present.
Choreographers create original dances and develop new interpretations of existing dances. They operate in dance schools, theatres, dance companies, and film studios. During rehearsals, they typically demonstrate dance moves, to instruct dancers in the proper technique. Many choreographers also do the dance routines they create. Some choreographers work with actors who are not dancers. For example, the intricate martial arts scenes played by actors in movies are arranged by choreographers who specialize in martial arts.
Dancers and choreographers face intense competition, and the number of applicants is expected to exceed the amount of job openings. Performers who are enrolled in schools or universities connected with a dance company may have a better chance of finding work at that business than other dancers have. Some dancers and choreographers attend other jobs between shifts to earn a living.